Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2022. 7:16 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, Guatemalan President, Alejandro Giammattei met with Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss cooperation and sanctions against Russia.
After discussions, a joint statement was issued in which both leaders “strongly condemned Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine, and also confirmed their clear determination to support appropriate criminal investigations aimed at bringing to justice all those guilty of Russian war crimes in Ukraine”.
The Russian Embassy in Guatemala has since responded to the official visit and sanctions discussed saying that it rejects the “anti-Russian rhetoric in the Ukrainian-Guatemalan Joint Declaration, above all what the Russian special military operation in Ukraine was described as an illegal, unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine.”
According to the embassy, “the conflict has its prehistory and that Crimea and eastern Ukraine refused to recognize the nationalist elite that came to power as a result of the 2014 coup against a legitimate and democratically elected president.”
In addition, the embassy says that it was surprised by “baseless accusations” against Moscow about “Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports on the Black and Azov seas and the destruction of agricultural land, equipment, crop storage facilities and agricultural product processing enterprises and the food production”.
“ We deeply regret the anti-Russian remarks in the aforementioned joint statement, which do not correspond to the friendly and mutually respectful character of Russian-Guatemalan bilateral relations,” the embassy further stated.
During the historic visit, Guatemalan President Giammattei said that “instead of confrontation, peace and harmony among nations must prevail.”
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